Effective toughness of heterogeneous brittle materials

Abstract : A heterogeneous brittle material characterized by a random field of local toughness Kc(x) can be represented by an equivalent homogeneous medium of toughness, Keff. Homogenization refers to a process of estimating Keff from the local field Kc(x). An approach based on a perturbative expansion of the stress intensity factor along a rough crack front shows the occurrence of different regimes depending on the correlation length of the local toughness field in the direction of crack propagation. A `"weak pinning" regime takes place for long correlation lengths, where the effective toughness is the average of the local toughness. For shorter correlation lengths, a transition to "strong pinning" occurs leading to a much higher effective toughness, and characterized by a propagation regime consisting in jumps between pinning configurations.
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Stéphane Roux, Damien Vandembroucq, François Hild. Effective toughness of heterogeneous brittle materials. European Journal of Mechanics - A/Solids, Elsevier, 2003, 22, pp.743-749. ⟨hal-00002754⟩



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